Small airplane forced to land on a highway minutes after takeoff

 January 21, 2024

A small passenger plane in Virginia was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway just minutes after taking off from Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that there were seven passengers on board the plane, one of whom was a teenager, and thankfully none of the passengers were injured.

Amazingly, despite the plane being forced to land at 12:50 p.m. on a highway during a snowstorm, no cars were hit or injuries caused.

Southern Airways Express CEO Stan Little issued a statement on the incident, saying, "We are relieved to report there were no injuries, and all passengers are safe and sound."

The statement continued saying, "We are thankful to our pilots, who did exactly what they were trained to do — to put the safety of our passengers first. We are working closely with the authorities to thoroughly investigate the situation."

The FAA confirmed that an investigation is ongoing to determine the reason for the emergency landing, but for now, everyone should be thankful that this potentially deadly situation wasn't worse.